Holidaying with your pet and need a pet sitter?

When you’re in your own familiar neighborhood, it’s an easy habit to rely on friends or family to mind your pet, or drop your pet at your favorite local boarding kennel.

But what happens when life takes us to new places such as an interstate relocation or a holiday destination that includes your fur-baby. What are your pet sitting options then, when friends or family may not be around the corner and there isn’t a suitable boarding kennel option?

Fortunately, there are more pet care options than ever before for Aussie pet parents, including choosing your own personal sitter through Pawshake.

Pawshake is an online platform connecting pet owners with thousands of local, vetted and insured pet sitters throughout Australia. Pet sitters come from all walks of life including retirees, veterinary nurses, stay-at-home mums and families with kids, but all have one thing in common: an absolute love of dogs, cats and everything in between!

The process is simple: visit the website and pop your suburb into the search bar to browse and contact local sitters. When you hear back from an available sitter, arrange an in-person meet and greet before booking online or via the app. By meeting up first, you can be sure your sitter gets along swimmingly with you and your fur baby.

If you’re lucky enough to be holidaying with your best friend but find yourself organising a day-trip that can’t include your dog, Pawshake can put you in touch with a day-sitter. The solutions are endless, so keep Pawshake in mind for next times you need a helping paw!

Sahara in the City

As our Jetpets furry ambassador, sometimes Sahara has to do the jobs nobody wants to do… like go to Sydney for the weekend, relax in a five-star hotel and be pampered. (It’s a tough job isn’t it!)

As part of Rufus and Coco’s competition in conjunction with Jetpets, you too could win the chance to pamper yourselves and your pooch at the Langham Hotel like Sahara or escape to country Victoria for the ultimate relaxing weekend with your puppy. Simply follow this link and enter for your chance at a Jetpets Holiday.

The Best Pet Friendly Wineries to Visit in the Yarra Valley and Hunter Valley

Here in Australia, we’re lucky to have beautiful beaches, scenic parks, and amazing wineries! And now there’s no need to leave your furry friend behind when you’re out exploring, because we’ve put together a list of some of the best dog friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley and the Hunter Valley!

Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines
Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines

Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley is packed full with trendy wineries, restaurants, and cafes. Why not take a day trip, or even spend the night with your pup and soak in the relaxed vibes. Here are a few of our favourite Yarra Valley wineries.

Hanrahan Winery – Yarra Valley

3 Hexham Road, Gruyere, Victoria, 3770

Family owned and operated, Hanrahan Winery is a must see when visiting the Yarra Valley. Hosts Bev and her beloved dog Otis will walk you through their beautiful grounds and teach you everything there is to know about winemaking.

Hanrahan Winery welcome owners and their pets all year round. Dogs must be on a lead at all times, and under effective control by their owners. Hanrahan will offer a water bowl to owners who decide to bring their dog along.

Rochford Wines – Yarra Valley

878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream, Victoria 3770

As a regular fixture on the popular Day on the Green festival, Rochford Wines is a hot spot for most locals. Whether you want to visit for some lunch at their café, or book in for a tour, you’re sure to be spoilt with the views of the Great Dividing Ranges.

You’re more than welcome to bring along your dog and take a walk through the vines, then relax in their large outdoor seating area where you can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the sun.


Only a 45 minute drive inland from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley is a must see when visiting the east coast. With world-renowned wineries, the Hunter Valley is the perfect place for a city escape.

Hungerford Hill – Hunter Valley

2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Open since 1967, Hungford Hill is one of the best renowned wineries in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley region. With a sculpture yard, espresso bar, and epic tasting experiences, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

While you’re wine tasting, your dog will be offered a bowl of water which they’re sure to enjoy after exploring the winery all day!

Capercaillie Wines – Hunter Valley

4 Londons Rd, Loveldale, NSW, 2325 

Capercaillie Wines is located in Loveldale, the centre of the Hunter Valley. This award winning winery boasts some of Australia’s best wine and is a great place to sit back and relax with friends and family. Capercaillie Wines welcome pet owners to bring their furry friend into the winery to the bar or they can sit outside and enjoy a tasting overlooking the dam, where there is plenty of room for dogs to run around.

Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines
Image courtesy of Capercaillie Wines

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